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The cedars wave on Lebanon,
But Judah's statelier maids are gone!
More blest each palm that shades those plains
Than Israel's scatter'd race;
For, taking root, it there remains
In solitary grace :
It cannot quit its place of birth,
It will not live in other earth.
But we must wander witheringly,
In other lands to die;
And where our fathers' ashes be,
Our own may never lie:
Our temple hath not left a stone,
And Mockery sits on Salem's throne.
OH! WEEP FOR THOSE.
On! weep for those that wept by Babel's stream, Whose shrines are desolate, whose land a dream;
Weep for the harp of Judah's broken shell;
Mourn, where their God hath dwelt the Godless dwell.
And where shall Israel lave her bleeding feet?
The hearts that leap'd before its heavenly voice?
Tribes of the wandering foot and weary breast,
The wild-dove hath her nest, the fox his cave,
ON JORDAN'S BANKS.
ON Jordan's banks the Arabs' camels stray,
Yet there even there-Oh God! thy thunders sleep:
There-where thy finger scorch'd the tablet stone!
Oh! in the lightning let thy glance appear!
SINCE Our Country, our God—Oh, my Sire!
Since thy triumph was bought by thy vow—
And the voice of my mourning is o'er,
And of this, oh, my Father! be sure-
And the last thought that soothes me below.
Though the virgins of Salem lament,
When this blood of thy giving hath gush'd,
And forget not I smiled as I died!
OH! SNATCH'D AWAY IN BEAUTY'S
OH! snatch'd away in beauty's bloom,
Their leaves the earliest of the year;
And the wild cypress wave in tender gloom:
And oft by yon blue gushing stream
Shall Sorrow lean her drooping head, And feed deep thought with many a dream, And lingering pause and lightly tread; Fond wretch! as if her step disturb'd the dead!
Away; we know that tears are vain,
That death nor heeds nor hears distress:
Will this unteach us to complain?
Or make one mourner weep the less?
MY SOUL IS DARK.
My soul is dark-Oh! quickly string
Its melting murmurs o'er mine ear.
That sound shall charm it forth again;
If in these eyes there lurk a tear,
"Twill flow, and cease to burn my brain :